Monday 17 June, 2019

Omar Walker and Wayne DaCosta sweep feature races at Caymanas Park

Jockey Omar Walker.

Jockey Omar Walker.

Omar Walker and champion trainer Wayne DaCosta dominated Saturday's 10-race card at Caymanas Park, sweeping the three feature races.

Six-time former champion jockey Walker won the six-furlong Sir Howard and Hot Line Stakes Guineas trials with FATHER PATRICK and DaCosta's LADY BLUE, respectively.

He also booted home DaCosta's 3-5 favourite, DRUMMER BOY in the 'Lindy' Delapenha Memorial Trophy at a mile.

DRUMMER BOY was the second of four winners for DaCosta, who opened the card with 1-2 favourite BRANDY at seven furlongs with Anthony Thomas.

FATHER PATRICK, the 3-5 favourite, took over from UNIVERSAL BOSS entering the straight and stayed on strongly under Walker's urging to hold TOONA CILIATA by a length, stopping the clock, winning the Sir Howard Stakes in 1:12.0.

Walker made it three winners for himself and DaCosta with LADY BLUE in the Hot Line Stakes, joining Dane Nelson and apprentice Christopher Mamdeen on 11 winners for the season.

LADY BLUE proved too good for rivals, making all the running from post-position one, winning the fillies-only event in 1:13.3.

Thomas, last year's champion jockey, closed DaCosta's four-timer with 7-1 chance YAYA'S DREAM, winning a five-furlong straight battle with SIR JHUNJHUN WALA.

Meanwhile, Nunes saddled two winners, TOP EAGLE, and WESTERN WHEELS, in the fourth and 10th, respectively, to maintain his lead atop the trainers' standings ahead of Gary Subratie, Richard Azan, and DaCosta.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.

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